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Doug Miller
October 12, 2015

I was really surprised to see this study. Back in the 1980’s, when I was still in my 30’s, my blood pressure had crept up to about 140/90. My family doc told me at that time that, in the past, we would not treat this. But recent studies (remember this is the 1980″s) indicated better outcomes if we aggressively treat any blood pressure over 120/80. And, that’s what we did. Started with a calcium channel blocker, which didn’t bring it all he way back to normal, so we added an ACE inhibitor. (They are combined in one pill). That brought it down to 120/80. SInce then I have lost weight and become a much more diligent exercise enthusiast. On the same dose, my blood pressure will often be close to 110/70. The surprise (to me) is that this study brings new guidelines.

October 1, 2015

Hi sir
I’m medical student. I work on sirtuin gene in hypertension. I ask you to guide me for find a proposal topic to reach this gene in my brain biopsy sample that is received from rat which induced hypertrophy on they with aortic banding.

thanks a lot

Joanne Fisher
September 29, 2015

I concur with Hadley. A whole-food, plant-based diet is extremely anti-inflammatory and has plenty of protein sources. Indications are that the current guidelines for protein are much higher than necessary. (check out John McDougall for a thorough review.) You might also look at Rip Esselstyn’s story. He grew up vegan, was a tri-athlete, is extremely buff, and I do not see him promoting protein supplements.

Hadley V. Baxendale
September 17, 2015

If you eat plenty of beans, you don’t need a protein powder.

September 16, 2015

I am a 61 year old female and started my headaches at 9 years old. Throughout this time I found my trigger foods and stayed away from them and if I got a headaches I had my own regime of what I took to get rid of the headache. In March of 2014 I ended up with a venous sinus thrombosis and no more could I take my regime to rid a headache. Pain pills didn’t work. Demerol has calcium sulfate that could cause a headache so that didn’t work. Out of the blue I remembered things I couldn’t eat one being Equal cause I knew Phenylalanine caused me a headache but I didn’t know that Phenylalanine is in all our foods especially meats poultry and fish big time. So I put all that down and haven’t had a headache.!! I replace it w beans. Also going to add a Phenylalanine Free protein powder. I was taking protein powder and had ungodly headaches not knowing it’s the a Phenylalanine (amino acid) that was causing it. So try it!!! I also stay away from Inflamatory foods cause obviously they cn cause headaches too.

Hadley V. Baxendale
September 17, 2015

If you are eating plenty of beans, then you don’t need a protein drink and ipso facto you don’t need to go looking for a phenylalanine-free protein powder. Right?

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